A web designers eyes are his tools

I’ve been a web designer at kc web design kent for a long time. Before that I was a print designer. Before that I did a design post grad. Before that I did a photographer degree. Before that I used to design and make stained glass windows. Before that I used to sit in my bedroom and just draw. For as long as I can remember I’ve been creative and artistic and used my eyes as part of my job every single day. It’s something I’ve really taken for granted over the years as I’ve always had 20/20 vision. Until now.

I first started noticing a change when I felt like I was holding my iPhone a little further away than normal and when it was close I was having a little trouble focusing properly. I didn’t think too much of it but over the past year my hand has been getting further and further away and reading books has become a little harder up close. It’s a very strange feeling. Where once everything was crisp and sharp things are now a little blurred and I could feel my eyes trying to do something they couldn’t quite manage. I was also getting tired working on screens and iPads all day at kc web design kent. For someone that’s spent their whole life based in the visual arts I felt this change a little unnerving. So, it was off for an eye test.

“You’ve reached that age…” the optician said. “Ah!” I said. Apparently once you get past 40 your eyes start to deteriorate and close up focusing is the first thing to be effected hence lots of people need reading glasses. Me included. I wasn’t that impressed with the range of glasses in the shop for the price I wanted to pay so I decided to look online. There are a LOT of glasses companies online now and they have pushed the price of prescription glasses down in the high street but the online retailers are still significantly cheaper. The range of glasses suppliers online is pretty good but the range in quality of these sites leaves a little to be desired.

Out of all the online retailers I researched Glasses Direct seemed to be the most professional and they did a ‘try at home’ service. The display of the glasses on the site was very good and the information we laid out. You could tell that a lot time and effort had gone in to making a great site and making sure the user felt comfortable and knowledgable all the way through the process. The home trial was great. The glasses were great and the right price range. And the buying process was superb – email updates all along the way, 2 pairs of glasses each sent as soon as they were complete, great packaging and presentation. As a user (and a web designer) I have to say Glasses Direct did it all right.

Now all I need to do is to get used to needing glasses when I’m reading, remembering where I’ve put them and taking them with me when I leave the house. I’m sure I’ll get used to it over time but at the moment it feels very strange needing external hardware to do something I’ve done all my life without a single thought.

Citrus logo

Citrus Service Desk is a Service Management software application designed to help organisations deliver ITIL best practise.

The brand was created around the name using appropriate colours and shapes while keeping the overall look simple so that the brand could be easily used across a multitude of media types and sizes.

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Auto Italian

Auto Italian – logo and brand for Italian car specialists.

The logo was based around great Italian cars and conjures up a feeling of those cars with the skeuomorphic elements such as the leather and metal.

A website will be coming soon.

FlameOps website design

Brand and logo design, website design, print and graphic design, mobile website design and iPhone app design. We’re doing them all for FlameOps.

There’s nothing better than being involved with a project from the beginning and we’re very lucky to be doing that with flameOps. We’ve been on hand to advise at all levels of the flameOps business and have created the original brand and logo, the website design, the design of the van graphics, business cards (which are very cool and partly sprayed with zinc!) and much more to come.

It’s still early days for this new business venture but flameOps have worked very closely with us to make their startup a huge success. The logo and website design use the latest HTML5 and CCS3 technologies to create a rich user experience and give them a foundation to build on for later features and functionality. The website is key to this type of new business and will form the hub of the franchise by serving all types of end users, franchisee’s, potential customers and the general public. Because flameOps is such a unique business in its sector (and what it does exactly is all a little bit top secret at this stage) all design aspects including the website design have been hugely important.

There’ll be more news to come on flameOps over the next 12 months but for now we’re busily working away on the brand new “full monty” website design.

At kc web design, Canterbury, Kent we love working on big projects with clients that understand the importance of good design. If you have a project and need a professional design or website design partner then please get in touch. Together we can create a unique website design and online presence that will make your new business a success.